Transformation Tuesday: Kristin’s New Body & New Family

For this week’s Transformation Tuesday I am honored to share with you the story of Kristin, who became a member in March. As a result of her commitment to herself, she not only learned sustainable habits that took off all her unwanted weight, but she also discovered her “why” which she can now use to NEVER feel defeated again.

She is one inspirational woman, welcoming in well over 10 new members to our family and she can now be proud that she is saving other peoples lives too!

Here is her story!

Being a mom of 3, under 5, and a special education teacher, I realize that I take care of everyone, but myself… that was until I found Applied Fitness. Daily I would see an acquaintance “check-in” on Facebook or post pictures of herself and friends, smiling, sweating and having fun at the gym…. I couldn’t believe this could be true! My goal has always been to get to my “pre-maternity” Rubbermaid bins of clothes in the back of my closet, but having 3 kids, so closely together, I was beginning to think this was never going to happen!

Since I started, 
I have lost over 25 pounds, decreased my Body Fat by over 6% and my total number of inches lost is over 25 inches.

My overall strength and core strength has noticeably improved. I have more energy, my skin and mood have improved, my and most importantly, I approach each day with a “Can Do” mentality.


I am so fortunate to have found this supportive community.  I am so fortunate to have improved my mindset, my body, my nutrition, my health and most importantly, my self-confidence and esteem.


With my results, it is no wonder that I have brought over 5 friends to Applied Fitness who all have transformed their own mind and body.

My journey is still continuing and I look forward to the next workout, although I am afraid to ask “what’s next”!  I know, that whatever it may be, I can do it with their  support, with them I am #UNSTOPPABLE!!!

Thanks Kristin.. You Rock

Yours In Health,

Brian

Move Like Maggie (Fitness Rockstar!)

Move Like Maggie…

I wanted to share with you a story about an Amazing woman named Maggie.

All it takes sometimes, is realizing you are not living the life that you have always wanted, needed, and deserved.

Here is her story:

“In July I met one of my friends for lunch. I hadn’t seen her in a while and I complimented on how good she looked. She just looked toned and more slender. She told me that she joined a gym called Applied Fitness and she loved it. She told me the classes were great and that the results were amazing. About a month later, I was at the Williamsville Farmers Market and I passed Applied Fitness table. the guys were passing out cards so I took one and stuck it in my pocket thinking ” oh, that’s where my friend goes”.

“My cholesterol levels were always borderline and my doctor did tell me that I should lose weight but never really pushed it. I was always told that for women my age to lose weight, we had to work 3xs as hard just to lose one pound. So I always used age as an excuse as to why I couldn’t lose weight. I was a member of other gym’s, I took Zumba and Kickboxing classes but I got easily bored. I tried to mix it up with the treadmill but that was torture. Boredom was my biggest challenge. I’ve tried weight watchers and was successful but it was short term, and not sustainable. I easily gained the weight back and more. I forced myself to go to the gym but never really got anything out of it.

“One day on the way home from the regular gym, my friend and I made a video of ourselves singing to a song on the radio. When we played back the video, I was disgusted at the way I looked! I called my friend the next day and told her that I was thinking about joining Applied Fitness. She invited me to the free class that they have Thursday night,  the following week. I was so excited. The day we were supposed to go, she had to cancel, but I decided that I would go regardless. And I haven’t looked back since. I called the next day, and signed up for the six week challenge and am so happy that I did.

“As part of the 6 week challenge, I worked out 5 days a week and lost over 17 pounds. I changed my diet, incorporated The Lean Body Nutrition Plan and ate protein and vegetables. I was so happy with my results that I decided to sign up for full membership, continuing after the 6 week challenge. Since the challenge ended, I continued with 5 days a week and eating right. I’ve lost another 10 pounds and and hoping to lose another 20.

“Losing the weight has been great but more importantly, I have seen a change in my fitness level. I remember when I first started that I could not even do a squat thrust, mountain climber or hold a high plank! I could barely run a few steps to the fence and was always the last one back (but there were always my fellow Fit Family encouraging and helping me along the way). Now, I can’t say that I’m great at all these, but I’m much, much better. I’ve gotten stronger as well as leaner and most importantly, more confident.

“And what keeps me going back — well other that the visible results, the most important thing is that I never get bored! I love that each class is different and I never know what I’ll be doing from one class to the next. I love the trainers (sometimes it’s a love/hate relationship)! They push me to do things that they know I’m capable of that I may not know myself! I sweat more than I’ve ever sweat in my life and feel great after each class.

“I love the family atmosphere and the support that I get from not only the trainers but my fellow campers! I also love that members are recognized for their accomplishments and how everyone shares in everyone’s success.

“I would encourage anyone who either wants to lose weight or just get in shape to give Applied Fitness a try. They won’t be disappointed! Working out and eating right have become a lifestyle. Thank you Applied Fitness!!”

Maggie Poitevien Gershonovitz

No-Fail Fat Loss Plan (Just In Time For Summer)

Ready for summer? Warmer weather, shorts, tank tops and bathing suits are just around the corner. Are you ready for it? What if you spent the next 30 days dropping excess pounds and getting into better shape before hitting the beach? Then you could ride out the summer months fitter than ever and more likely to eat healthier, indulge less and stick with your workout schedule.

Sound good?

I’ve got just the no-fail fat loss plan to get you there. Follow these 5 steps to transform your body over the next 30 days…

1) Go Gluten Free: Going gluten free for 30 days is such a simple way to accelerate fat loss. Just think of all the extra carbs and calories that you’ll be saving yourself from. And it’s not so bad, once you get used to it. Wrap sandwiches and burgers in lettuce or on top of a pile of greens.

2) Exercise 5x’s Each Week: Take the next 30 days to really focus your efforts in the gym. Train as if you were preparing yourself for an athletic event, with the mindset that each and every workout is important in seeing you through your goal. Make a log of each time that you exercise, noting the duration, intensity and activity.

3) Go Sugar Free: Sugar is the biggest thing holding you back when it comes to dropping fat and getting lean. And not just refined sugar. I’m talking about all sugars. Take the next 30 days to cut out all sweeteners and limit your intake of sweet fruits. This will be hard at first, especially if you have a sweet tooth, but the rapid change in your body is fantastic incentive to keep going.

4) Enjoy Protein and Veggies: Enough about all the things you can’t eat, let’s talk about what you can eat. Your meals should be a variety of protein and veggies. For protein stick with organic, hormone-free meat that has been roasted, baked or grilled. For veggies, avoid starchy veggies like potatoes, and instead stick with an assortment of colorful, fiber-filled veggies.

5) Join My Program: The quickest way to get your body into tip-top shape is to join one of my fitness programs. I’m here to get you into the best shape of your life, with my proven, effective system. Make the commitment now, and together we can make the body of your dreams a reality.

So there you have it, 5 simple steps to transforming your body before summer vacation!

Remember, the next 30 days are going to pass whether you jump on board with a fitness plan or not. So, you’re going to spend the next 30 days simply getting older and more out-of-shape OR you could buckle down and finally make your amazing transformation.

The choice is yours. Yours In Health,

Brian

Your Sweet Tooth Has Gotten You Into Trouble

Just think of the clean eating streaks that you’ve abandoned for a slice of cake, and all of the extra calories you’ve eaten just to have a taste of something sweet before bed.

Where’s that sweet tooth gotten you?

Into pants that are another size larger. Into your doctor’s office for another lecture. Into a body that you no longer enjoy.

Yes, sweet are delicious and tempting, but the life-long repercussions far outweigh the momentary pleasure.

To help you conquer your sugar craving once and for all, I’ve identified 5 sweets you should ditch, and a healthy substitute for each.

1) Ditch this Sweet: Candy

Nothing gets refined sugar circulating through your body quicker than a fistful of candy—and if you’re in the habit of eating candy daily then your body will crave it.

Candy has virtually no nutritional value, other than caloric energy, and will quickly end up stored on your body in the form of unwanted, annoying fat.

Do This: Swap candy out for a handful of unsalted nuts, a few pieces of unsweetened, dried fruit, or a small square of very dark chocolate (at least 72% cocoa content).

2) Ditch this Sweet: Baked Goods

Cake, cookies, brownies, pastries, donuts, and pies are filled with sugar. While these may not taste as sweet as candy, the combination of refined sugar and white flour will spike your blood sugar just the same.

Very much like candy, regularly eating baked goods may become a habit. Break yourself of this and you’ll find the number on your scale going down rather than up.

Do This: Put down the cookie and reach for a piece of fresh, seasonal fruit. Fruit is nature’s candy and is every bit as blissful as a slice of cake. Serving a beautiful fruit platter to guests can be as delightful as any baked treat.

3) Ditch this Sweet: Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Nothing makes you feel as happy and carefree as a bowl of creamy ice cream…until that ice cream makes its permanent home on your waist. Very much like candy, ice cream has few nutritional benefits.

Do This: Mix unsweetened, nonfat Greek yogurt with a scoop of vanilla protein powder and mix in some chopped, fresh fruit. This creamy delight is much lower in sugar than ice cream and tastes amazing!

4) Ditch this Sweet: Soft Drinks

A regular can of soda pop contains the equivalent of 10 packets of sugar. That’s more sugar than you should consume in a full week!

Soft drinks something that you get into the habit of drinking and then do without thinking. The good news is that a habit can be broken and then replaced with something healthier.

Do This: Take soda pop out of your diet. Period. There are plenty of other, healthier, beverages available to you. Try the recipes for Spa Water below.

5) Ditch this Sweet: Blended Drinks

Smoothies, blended coffee drinks and milkshakes are all tempting treats, especially in hot summer months. Don’t give in to the temptation!

These items are even more deadly than most treats since they are consumed through a straw and don’t make you feel full. Let me assure you that even though you don’t feel full, like you would after a piece of cake, you’re still taking in a bunch of sugary calories.

Do This: Make your own healthy blended drinks at home by using natural sweeteners like stevia, or simply by using fruit. Blend a delicious protein shake with ice, milk and protein powder.

A great thing to remember is that once you’ve fallen out of the habit of eating sugar, your body will no longer crave it.

This means that each day spent in discipline will bring you closer to the day that sugar no longer has a hold over you. Imagine how much happier and healthier you will be!

Eating healthy is half of the battle when it comes to fitness and wellness. The other, equally important, side is maintaining a regular, challenging exercise program.

For an exercise program to be challenging it must always be changing. That’s why my workouts are never the same.

It’s my goal to get you into the best shape of your life. Call or email today to begin your transformation

Yours In Health,

Brian

Want To Shape Up For Summer? Eat At Home

In today’s fast paced world we consume over 30% of our daily calories away from home. These less-than-wholesome calories are accumulating around our waists and draining our bank accounts.

So why do we eat out and shun the kitchen? Simple: convenience. We don’t have the time to toil away over a hot stove. However, evidence is mounting that we are paying big for the so-called convenience of outside food.

Obesity related diseases are on the rise, as are the number of folks who are just plain unhappy with how their bodies look and feel. Cooking at home seems to be the first step in our road to healthier bodies.

Here are the top 5 reasons that you should starting cooking and eating at home…

Reason #1: It’s Good For You

Hyperprocessed foods are harmful to our health, and that’s exactly where you’ve been getting the bulk of your calories. Even restaurant food that contains fresh produce, chances are high that the produce is not organic, or local or non-GMO. Most of us are eating less than half of the recommended amount of fiber, fruit and vegetables, which eating at home could quickly change.

Simple meals made at home with fresh produce and organic meats or eggs are nutritionally superior to over-flavored, over-processed restaurant food. Not to mention the high calorie beverages and starters that so often accompany a restaurant meal. When you eat at home you take in more nutrient-dense calories that are higher in fiber.

Reason #2: It’s Far Easier Than You Think

Eating out so often has conditioned our concept of a meal to be one with complicated flavors and accompaniments. This misconception has made us fear the kitchen. But I urge you to reconsider.

Meals made at home need not mirror those ordered in restaurants. On the contrary, simple is better when it comes to home cooking. Plan your entire meal around a couple of pieces of fresh produce and a wholesome, lean protein. No need for complicated sauces or sides – these are where the harmful calories hide anyway.

Reason #3: It Costs Less

Fresh, simple ingredients do not cost much. Especially when compared to the cost of prepared meals.

Shopping the perimeter of the store is always a good plan. Here you’ll find the fresh produce, meats, dairy and seafood. Venture into the aisles for oils and spices to compliment the fresh ingredients.

Reason #4: It Is Preventative Medicine

In the US the annual health care expenses related to obesity is $150 billion, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide this number is over $1 trillion annually. These numbers are staggering, and sobering when you think of all the individual lives that are being negatively impacted by obesity.

Rather than waiting for you and your family members to experience the health risks related to obesity, start your own mission to cook simple meals at home and redirect your future. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Reason #5: It Reduces Body Fat

Eating at home is also one of the best ways to reduce your body fat. Meals eaten at home contain an average of 200 calories less than meals eaten out. Let me tell you, a reduction in 200+ calories per meal will quickly translate to pounds lost!

Start today, and don’t be afraid to start small.

Pick one meal that you’ll make at home either today or tomorrow, and write down your simple menu and grocery list. You could start with the Savory Greek Waffle recipe below.

And let’s not forget the place that a challenging, consistent exercise program has in your quest for good health and a fit physique. My programs are specially designed to blast fat and to build muscle in all the right places.

Call or email me today to get started on a fat loss program that really works.

Yours In Health,

Brian

This Is What Happens With Your Health When You Exercise

Sometimes I feel like a broken record.

You’re constantly hearing from me how important exercise is to your health and how so many of your health problems will improve or even disappear as the result of a consistent exercise program.

Why do I continue to give you the same lecture?

Because I’ve seen exercise change lives. I’ve even seen exercise save lives.

Here are the Top 4 Health Improvement Factors that come as a result of challenging, consistent exercise:

1. Your energy levels boost and you feel great.

I have noticed that most people don’t realize how bad they feel. They get used to feeling bad. Then when they start exercising they feel so much better. Your energy levels soar and you feel excited about life again.

2. Your muscles and joints feel better than ever.

You’ll notice a reduction in aches and pains once you’ve been sticking with an exercise program for a few weeks. That chronic muscle and joint pain that you’ve lived with for years may begin to fade. For some, joint replacement surgery is postponed. For others, arthritis pain is reduced.

3. Your risk of heart attack or stroke is reduced.

I like to remind my clients of this one, since it’s not something they can physically feel, but it’s the one that saves lives! Exercise has the power to remove two of the major risk factors that lead to heart disease: 1) physical inactivity and 2) obesity. Exercise also increases your good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers your blood pressure.

4. Your blood sugar levels are better controlled.

Clients of mine with type 2 diabetes see substantial benefits from exercise. Exercise improves the body’s use of insulin, and the related weight loss improves insulin sensitivity. For many, exercise becomes the natural, permanent antidote to their type 2 diabetes.

There are SO MANY benefits to exercise, why would anyone avoid doing it?! Typically it comes down to excuses.

  • If you’re tired…exercise gives you energy.
  • If you’re in pain…exercise alleviates your muscle and joint pain.
  • If you’d rather stay in bed…exercise makes your sleep more restful.
  • If you’re pressed for time…exercise improves your efficiency and extends your life.
  • If you don’t know where to start…that’s where I come in.

Call or email me today and I’ll show you the fastest and safest way to reap all of the benefits of exercise.

It’s time you start enjoying all the benefits of exercise. Let’s do this!

Yours In Health,

Brian

The ONLY Trend That Matters!

Do you keep up with new trends in the world of fitness? There always seems to be a headline proclaiming the latest and greatest trend, each promising to be the solution that you’ve always needed.

Of course, these trends pass with the seasons, quickly being replaced with something newer and more popular.

Today I’d like you to consider the only trend that really matters to your health and fitness progress: the trend of your own behavior.

Here’s what I mean: Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the same thing today as you did yesterday? This applies to both your activity level and your diet.

  • If you got up at 5am yesterday to get in a workout, then getting up at 5am again today is going to be pretty easy. However, if you slept in until 7am yesterday then getting up at 5am today is going to be much more difficult.
  • If you ate pizza and beer for dinner last night, then eating pizza and beer (or a burger and fries) is going to feel pretty natural. However, if you ate grilled chicken and broccoli for dinner last night, then eating a salad and grilled fish for dinner is going to feel easy.

Remember learning about inertia in school? Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion. This has incredible application to your fitness journey.

The longer you can maintain a healthy fitness trend in your own behavior, the easier it will become to maintain that trend. Isn’t that great?!

This simple concept, of maintaining your own daily fitness trend, is the way to continue towards your goal, to avoid setbacks, and to maintain your forward momentum.

So the next time that you see a flashy headline about the latest fitness trend, simply smile to yourself and focus on keeping your own daily fitness progress on track.

Want accountability? I’d love to help you! Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s get you on track to shed some major fat before summer!

Yours In health,

Brian

The ONE Thing You Are Missing

There is one reason why most people haven’t yet reached their goals, and it’s a simple one. It’s something that I’ve struggled in the past, and it just may be the one thing that’s holding you back from your big breakthrough.

That one thing is consistency.

Think about it. The difference that separates a fitness star from a couch potato is the consistency with which the former applies to their diet and exercise routine. That’s it!

Look, I know you can exercise and eat right. You’ve done it before! But a fitness plan only works when you consistently stay with it. You start, stop, start again, take a few days off, then get back on track. This haphazard effort will never lead to a dramatic body transformation!

What if I told you that you’re 5 feet from gold? That if you simply dug in a little deeper, and stuck with the program with consistency, you’d finally achieve the big results that you’ve been hoping for all along.

You are 5 feet from gold; don’t stop now!

The fact is that anyone can stick with a fitness and diet plan for a little while. Anyone can complete a challenge. Anyone can finish a 30-day program. Anyone can put in 2 weeks of solid effort.

It’s those who click into consistency that see the big changes and experience the joy and triumph of real accomplishment. I want this for you.

I know that you see how valuable consistency is, and you want to do it, BUT you get off track time and time again. How do you tap into the consistency you need to make a real improvement in your life? Use these three steps…

See it: Define exactly what it is you want to be consistent on. For example instead of saying that “I’ll start exercising,” say that, “I’ll do the 5am session on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.” And instead of, “I’ll start eating healthy,” say that, “I’ll eat XX number of calories per day divided into 5 small meals.” The more specific the better!

Keep in mind that you are defining your actions – not your outcome. Don’t use this step to determine what size jeans you want to fit into. That outcome is a byproduct of you consistently doing the actions. Just clearly define the actions that you need to be consistent on.

Feel it: Now that you’ve determined the actions needed, let’s think about that outcome and clearly define it. Be specific! What will you look like? What will that new body feel like? How will your friends and family respond to the new you?

It’s time to get your emotions all tied up in your quest. Daydream about getting to that outcome, feel it, emotionally take ownership of the idea of owning it.

Do it: You’re clear about what you want. You feel invested in getting the results. Now go about the business of taking consistent action toward your goal.

Yes, this sounds simple, and it is simple. Be consistent and you’ll soon strike gold.

Want accountability? I’d love to help you! Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s get you on track to shed some major fat before summer!

Let’s do this together.

Yours In Health,

Brian

The One-Two Punch For Fat Loss

How many times have you looked in the mirror and wished that you could make your belly fat vanish before your eyes? Unsightly fat around the stomach is one of the most common body frustrations that I come across with my clientele.

No one wants a chubby stomach! Unfortunately for most, losing body fat is a slow and steady process, rather than an instantaneous fix.

However…I do have an extremely effective method for losing belly fat faster than ever, and I’d like to share it with you today…

The One-Two Punch For Fast Fat Loss. This deadly, fat-incinerating method fights fat simultaneously on two separate fronts for maximum effectiveness: your sugar intake and your high intensity workouts.

First Punch: This is the punch that requires zero extra effort on your part! In fact all you have to do is NOT do something that you’re currently doing! You stop consuming refined sugar, in all its forms. This means no sodas, no desserts, no packaged snacks, no candy, no mocha lattes, NO SUGAR AT ALL!

When you stop to evaluate your diet, it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has crept in. Nothing will contribute to fat gains as swiftly as consuming sugar, so it makes sense that cutting sugar out is the top must-do for shedding those unwanted pounds.

It’s not necessary, or beneficial, to starve yourself during this time of rapid fat loss – you should fill in your diet with lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds as you cut out the refined sugar. Keep your metabolism high by fueling up on high protein, high fiber, low carb, and zero sugar foods whenever hunger strikes.

Second Punch: Here’s the punch that requires some effort, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. You crank up the intensity of your workouts to a whole new level.

Most people take exercise on with the slow and steady mentality – moving, pushing and pulling as little as possible while still “getting the job done”. I’ve got some news for you…if you still have belly fat to lose then the job wasn’t getting done.

If you can comfortably hold a conversation, hardly break a sweat or feel the same when it’s over as you did when it began, then you’re simply not pushing yourself hard enough while you exercise.

Increasing the intensity of your workouts requires focused intent. You must go into the session with the goal of pushing your body to the limit. Remember, it’s a contained timeframe that will be over shortly, so bear down and deal with the discomfort. With practice you will learn to embrace the burn.

The safest and most effective way to crank up the intensity and effectiveness of your exercise time is to work with a qualified fitness professional, such as myself. I would love to hear from you! Call or email me today and together we will get you started on your fastest fat loss ever!

Yours In Health,

Brian

Get Inspired! Here’s How They Did It..

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as a truly jaw-dropping before and after picture. I’m talking about a 50+ pound weight loss where they look like an entirely new person.

It’s striking how much younger people look when the extra fat comes off. An attractive, happy, energetic person was inside of them all along.

Many popular magazines showcase transformation success stories like this at the beginning of a new year. Flip through the pages of before and after photos and it’s hard not to feel inspired to make healthy changes in your own life.

It’s also interesting to read how each person managed to lose all the weight. What was their exercise routine? What diet plan did they follow? The truth is that there are many routines and plans that bring success.

The key is to choose your plan and stick with it.

Of course, this is where things get tricky, during the stick with it period. This is when life tempts you to lose your focus and get lazy. This is when even the best intentions don’t help you win.

Below I have compiled a list of Best Transformation Tips that came from the mouths of those who have actually done it. Every tip below is from a fat loss champion who lost 50+ pounds and some even half of their body weight.

  • Fat loss is 80% mental and only 20% physical. Get your mind right if you want to succeed.
  • Focus on non-scale victories like how your clothes fit, how you feel, and how much healthier you are.
  • Fix what’s going on inside before you attempt to fix what’s going on outside. The mind is a powerful part of your transformation.
  • Don’t stress as much on what you are eating, but instead on how much you are eating. Keep calories under control.
  • Find a workout routine that you won’t be bored with, so that you’ll stick with it.
  • Stick to your workout plan no matter how tired you’re feeling that day. Push your body through the motions even if you’re tired.
  • Don’t be afraid to make healthy changes. You have nothing to lose and so much life to gain.
  • Use a slow cooker to have healthy meals on hand to avoid unhealthy meals. (See the recipe below!)
  • Use a fitness app to log your meals, workouts and water consumption. This helps to stay on track on those days when you aren’t feeling it.
  • Try eating leafy vegetables and protein throughout the day to increase your energy. As a bonus this also increase the speed of your results.
  • Find a plan and stick with it. Jumping from diet to diet never works in the long run.
  • Get creative with your healthy eating by trying out new recipes. This helps prevent boredom from creeping in.
  • Find and accountability partner who will keep you going strong with temptation hits.
  • Make healthy changes gradually. If you ate a whole pizza yesterday then don’t swear pizza off completely. Just eat one slice today.
  • Don’t give yourself the option of giving up. If you messed up then pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.
  • Remember that the best part of getting into shape is not the six pack. It’s about improvements to your self-confidence and overall outlook on life.
  • Be willing to ask for help. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable fitness professional is to ensure that your efforts are safe, effective and successful.

Are you ready to unleash that attractive, happy, energetic person that’s hiding inside of you? I’m here to help you do it. Call or email me today and we will get your own stunning transformation started!

Yours In Health,

Brian